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Stop the WordPress Madness!

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Especially with the economy picking up, it would be worth several hundred bucks (which I’m spending on themes and professional help anyway) to get beyond setup and into creating compelling content to get more business.

787 Lessons From Boeing For Content Marketers

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In my business, writing marketing material, the work you need to do right at the beginning is knowing who your target audience is; what you have to tell them that’s fundamentally new and what is the unique value you offer.

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If You MUST Write A Press Release, Do It Better

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Bringing iSCSI capabilities to the small business network-attached storage market for the first time, PackRat Storage today announced….

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Boeing Redesigns Web Site Around Features. And the Business Case Is?

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Which leads me to wonder about the business case behind this redesign. Boeing is in some ways a business to consumer company (we all use their products) but the actual purchasers are airlines, aircraft leasing companies and governments.

Why Marketing Automation is Floundering (Amen!)

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The people we’re trying to sell to are too busy trying to close deals and keep their jobs to stay on top of all this jargon.

Using Online Games To Sell Complex B2B Software

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I have to give IBM points for even trying this: They’ve developed an online game that walks players through a (BPM) Business Process Management) exercise.   Tags: B2B marketing B2B software BPM marketing business process management content marketing IBM Innov8 online games selling BPM

Software Automates Sportswriting. Is B2B Content Marketing Next?

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That’s getting pretty close to my home turf of business/tech writing. . Hell, no, I say, and not just because I make my living writing white papers, newsletters, and the like for the IT market. Here’s why. Yes, StatSheet of Durham, N.C.

How Much Rope Should You Give a “Corporate Reporter?”

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Marketing automation vendor Eloqua has gone a step further and hired Jesse Noyes , formerly a business reporter for the Boston Herald , as a “corporate reporter.” I need the CEO or CTO to respond honestly and thoughtfully to a big announcement, but they’re busy talking to customers.

Finding the Mythical C-Level Exec

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Yet I shudder to think how many times I’ve blindly nodded and said “yes” when a client asked for a white paper for the “C-level” executive, meaning it was supposed to focus more on business than on technology.

It's Official: Forrester Says B2B Buyers Hate Confusing Jargon

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I’ve been yelling for years that technical jargon in marketing content turns off B2B business buyers. Now, it’s official – or at least corroborated by a Forrester Research Inc. report.

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Time to Kill the Press Release?

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The obligatory quotes from the CEO, the customer or the new business partner saying how happy everyone is with each other don’t, I would guess, wind up getting much play. Much as I appreciate the work, being paid to remove value from content can’t be a good long-term business model.

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To Sell A Conference, Give Away Last Year’s “Takeaways”

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Tip 4 – 19 guidelines for avoiding common pitfalls during your next SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse upgrade project. Gotten a pitch to attend a conference or trade show lately? Did you decide to spend the money, or ditch it and stay in the office?

Software Consultancy: Why MA Is Hot

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Software consultancy Software Advice has a good business model: Give away a certain amount of information about software, then charge for more detailed counseling. Among the main drivers she listed: Buyers’ desire for quality content; an aversion to sales calls (especially before prospects are ready for one), the need for marketing to prove its value to the business and the fact that sales cycles are longer in a down economy.

Huge Jargon Slick Drifts Towards Readers; “Resources,” “Mitigate” Clog Brains

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The same is true in a lot of business to business marketing materials. Let’s say – let’s just say – you were a huge oil company, or a government agency, desperately trying to recover from a major blunder.   You’re not sure how bad things are or when you can fix the situation. But do you do know you messed up real bad, didn’t move quickly enough to fix the problem and are desperately trying to calm everyone down while you scramble to undo the damage you’ve caused.

What B2B Readers Want, Circa 2010

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The results have been an interesting grab-bag of reassuring truths, outright surprises and common-sense dope slaps that show how we in the “content marketing” business can get so caught up in our high-falutin’ notions we forget about the real problems our readers face. I’ve had a great opportunity recently to learn what B2B customers want in content by – shock of shocks – asking them.

Study: Top Execs DO Use Social Networks

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A new study shows decision-makers, such as business buyers, are increasingly using social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter to make buying decisions. But not to talk about the new appetizer they just tried at a trendy restaurant. Trade publishers have tried, unsuccessfully, for years to build such on-line communities which they could control and mine. As it turns out, customers (C-level execs) like everyone else want to own and control their own networks.

Digital Transformation as an Expression of Business

Buzz Marketing for Technology

In addition, digital transformation is about the inclusion of all potentially interested parties (employees, partners, customers, influencers) in the creation and execution of new lines of business and innovation. Business users are defined by the “Power of NOW!”

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Why every business needs a social media business audit

Biznology

While your business may be posting to social media and doing all the right things, you must regularly assess where you stand on your most important social channels. Too many brands and businesses try to “do more on social” before assessing where they are and where they want to go.

Small Business Marketing Optimization Tips for 2016

Webbiquity

The year is coming to a close, which means it’s time to start looking at the exciting opportunities 2016 will have to offer your small business. but what you should really be doing is focusing on areas you can improve your business every day for the remainder of 2015.

16 Enigmatic Business Blogging and Other Marketing Stats

Webbiquity

This final installment covers some fascinating though sometimes contradictory and confusing stats about business blogging and the value of marketing. For example, what percentage of businesses maintain company blogs? 9 Business Blogging Stats and Facts.

The Real Roadblock to Social Business Success

Webbiquity

Stories about how top executives just don’t “get” social media and the concept of social business were common four or five years ago. Per recent research from GaggleAMP : “Connecting your business with your employees in social media can boost your social media presence.

The Social Business Shift [Infographic]

Modern Marketing

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this What’s a social business all about? But what social business is truly about a “shift”, a move from enterprises attempting insulate itself from disruption and instead greeting it warmly.

Does every business need content marketing? A reality check.

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Does every business need content marketing? He recently became president of a company whose primary line of business is producing highly-engineered rolls for the steel manufacturing process. Business is hard. Does every business need content marketing? By Mark Schaefer.

Business volunteering – people or profits?

The B2B Research Blog

Our goal with this project was to help charities attract more volunteers from the business community, and to help businesses implement a more successful volunteering strategy. For example: Volunteering is widespread – 63% of businesses have volunteered in the last year ( Tweet this ).

Interesting Marketing Trends of Small Businesses [Infographic]

Puzzle Marketer

Small businesses face challenges of small budgets and scarce resources, causing them to be even more selective of their decisions in growing their top line. Small businesses therefore test, pivot, and analyze to recognize where their dollars would be best spent.

Deleting Your Social Media Business Page? Read This First.

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Let’s say you’ve had it up to the heavens with Facebook and you want to delete your social media business page. Option A: Deleting Your Social Media Business Page. Are there are benefits to deleting your business pages on social media?

6 Business Challenges Every Small Business Struggles With (And How to Fix Them)

Hubspot

In the first few years of business, small companies come up against a lot of different challenges. Bureau of Labor Statistics , about 20% of small businesses fail by the end of their first year. 6 Small Business Problems & How to Fix Them. Business Daily

3 Important relationship lessons I’ve learned from offline businesses

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In this post, I want to reveal the top three relationship lessons I’ve learned from my three favorite local businesses. The interactions have changed the way I conduct my online business, and I hope they inspire you to do the same. I know their business models, their needs, and desires.

10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog

The Point

The post 10 Ways to Generate More Leads from Your Business Blog appeared first on The Point.

The Secret to Getting Exactly What You Want (In Business)

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Getting exactly what you want in life or in business seems next to impossible these days. Patience (In Business). As much as I want to celebrate that, I’m busy picking it apart so we can do the same or better this year. Data (In Business). Tenacity (In Business).

The business case for unbranded content

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Let’s take a deeper look at the business case for unbranded content through three interesting case studies. The post The business case for unbranded content appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}.

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The one social media rule ALL businesses should follow

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There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach for businesses when it comes to which social media platforms you should have a presence on or what times you should post, and many other areas that marketers will try to stuff down your throat (ugh, blanket statements!). BUSINESS. BUSINESS.

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Case study: Small business content marketing success

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After six years in business, Pet Sitters Ireland is Ireland’s largest Pet Sitting and Dog Walking company, with thousands of visits competed every month to hundreds of pet owners across Ireland. When we started the business, we thought traditional marketing methods would bring in customers.

Social media and the forgotten business opportunity

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And here is what most people have forgotten — Business has always been built on relationships, not people yelling at you. You’d lose a lot of business right? What makes people think this is any way to build a relationship that leads to business benefits?

Better Business Blogs: Correct Those Broken Links

Writing on the Web

Are you keeping your business blog fresh? In a perfect world, we would always know exactly what the Big Search Engines want from us and our business blogs, always and without a doubt. Based in Illinois, Susan Boggs is a digital business and online marketing consultant.

19 Remarkable Guides on Business Strategy, Leadership and Motivation

Webbiquity

It’s a (sometimes forgotten) truism of business that no company can cut its way to growth. Entrepreneurs are forming new businesses at an increasing pace, hoping to take advantage of new opportunities in the recovering economy. ” What Does it Take to Lead a Social Business?

Overcoming the Challenge of Marketing to Busy Engineers

Industrial Marketing Today

While engineers do use social media, they tend to be passive participants making it hard to engage with […] The post Overcoming the Challenge of Marketing to Busy Engineers by Achinta Mitra appeared first on Industrial Marketing Today.

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The Social Business Imperative

B2B Marketing Insider

What is the value of a social business? These are questions that are not just being asked by marketers but by CEOs, business leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. That we truly have a social business imperative. The Social Business Imperative.

The Business Case for Blab: Trust Acceleration

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The business case for Blab. The post The Business Case for Blab: Trust Acceleration appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. The business case for Blab. The new streaming video platform Blab is all the rage. Is it really this good?

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Socialize your videos for business development

Biznology

H ere are some ideas for creating videos for business development and sales that fits naturally into the way today’s buyers communicate. Video Content for Business Development is Just a Video. The post Socialize your videos for business development appeared first on Biznology.